It was about halfway through the season, after a blistering hot day at work. I felt exhausted, drained, and unprepared for the worship service that evening. Once the time for service came, I grudgingly pulled out my portable keyboard and headed towards the dock to set up. At the start, no-one was there, and I had to hold back the desire to turn in for the night.
My teammate and I began to worship together, and while we were singing the song “Beautiful Things,” I felt a wave of peace wash over me.
It reminded me that life consists of many moments of death and resurrections, and that I am loved by a God who is consistently making all things new. God’s grace is restorative, ebullient, life-giving, and unending. The moment of worship rejuvenated my spirit and opened my eyes to the wonders of God’s creation that surrounded me: the setting sun that peaked out behind the mountains, its shimmering reflection on the lake, the whispers of the breeze that enveloped me like a light blanket. I am thankful to ACMNP for allowing me the chance to worship and experience God’s grace in the midst of God’s ecological masterpiece.
Elsa K., North Cascades National Park, 2015
The Lord said, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”